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September 27, 2021
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Vertically Integrated Projects in Environment & Resilience

This summer, the Arizona Institutes for Resilience launched its support for Vertically Integrated Projects, or VIPs, focused on inquiry and research into pressing environmental and resilience challenges. VIPs provide a compelling and authentic avenue for student engagement and collaboration as undergraduate and graduate students work alongside postdoctoral scholars and faculty members in long-term research with tangible outcomes.  

Research topics for the inaugural Environment and Resilience VIP teams span from investigations into the inequity of rising temperatures in mobile homes to work to advance the conservation efforts for native bees to researching the impacts of long-term drought on rangeland ecosystems.

Learn more about the VIPs

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars, and don't forget to register!

Wednesday, September 29

Join the Honors College virtually for a Big Ideas, Grand Challenges event, The Future of Pandemics, from 6 to 7:30 PM.

*Registration required.

October 1

Join Planet Forward at 11 AM  for a conversation with an amazing young journalist, Zinhle Essamuah, who graduated from George Washington University, is a correspondent and host on NowThis News and also is the host of its KnowThis Live on Facebook.

*Registration required, please use your university email address.

October 4

The Department of Environmental Science presents “Effects of Drought on Soil Microbes,” a talk by Sarah Evans, Michigan State University, from 3 to 4 PM in Marley 230 or join the Zoom meeting.
Find More Events

Environment in the News

Jennifer McIntosh's doctoral students Jihyun Kim and Chandler Noyes, as well as Rebecca Tyne from the University of Oxford, collect fluid samples produced from a 8,500-foot-deep oil well in the Lisbon Valley, southeast of Moab, Utah.

NSF Awards UArizona-Led Team $2.8M to Study Earth's Mysterious Subsurface

By Mikayla Mace Kelley, University Communications | September 14, 2021
Beneath Earth's surface is a vibrant world of life unlike any other, and a UArizona-led team of researchers hopes to dig into its secrets.

More Stories

Rainy season unleashes with fury, beauty in U.S. Southwest

Icy 'fingerprints' help University of Arizona-led research team chart ancient jet stream

A tech billionaire wants to build a smart city in the desert. Can it be sustainable?

Fires in the Amazon have already impacted 90% of plant and animal species


The Long-Lost Tale of an 18th-Century Tsunami, as Told by Trees

New estimates show Colorado River levels falling faster than expected

HydroGEN Project Awarded $5M to Model National Water Resources Using Machine Learning

Find More News


PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION COURSE: The newest course in the University of Arizona’s online Transdisciplinary Environmental Science for Society (TESS) Program, “Communication Strategies for Collaborative Research,” will be offered October 11 to November 7, 2021.

The course provides participants with the context, information, and tools for communicating effectively in a collaborative research setting. This course is different from a science communication course in that it focuses on elements and practices of communication that foster successful collaborative research. Topics include: 
  • recognizing the importance of dialogue and active listening, 
  • building a communication toolkit that recognizes and values multiple perspective, 
  • learning effective approaches and strategies for collaborative research, and 
  • producing and sharing the results of your collaboration with a broader audience through a range of tools and practices.

Please share this information widely with anyone you think may benefit from diving into this important topic! For more information about all the TESS courses and to register, please visit:  

If you have any questions, please email Connie Woodhouse,, or Dan Ferguson,
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS: Join Research Development Services (RDS) and the AtKisson Training Group for the Planning and Writing Successful NSF Proposals workshops on October 6, 8, 13 & 15, 2021, from 1 to 3 PM. This multi-part series covers broad-based training on the National Science Foundation (NSF) and will cover grant writing to all NSF Directorates. The sessions will focus on elements of a successful grant application, tools needed to assemble the application, and common mistakes & how to avoid them.

You can also join RDS and the AtKisson Training Group for the NSF CAREER Award Workshop on October 18, 2021 from 1 to 5 PM. This four hour virtual workshop will focus on elements of a successful CAREER award application, tools needed to assemble the application, and common mistakes & how to avoid them. The RDS NSF CAREER Grant Writing Program will follow this introductory session.

Registration is required for all workshops.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: The 17th annual Research Insights in Semiarid Ecosystems (RISE) Symposium will be held Saturday, November 20, 2021, 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM on the University of Arizona campus. The symposium will share recent results of research at the USDA-ARS Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed (WGEW) and the University of Arizona Santa Rita Experimental Range (SRER). Invited speakers will present recent or on-going research on the WGEW, the SRER or other outdoor laboratories in the region. There is also a Student Poster competition with monetary awards.

Visit the website to register for the symposium, to submit poster abstracts and to enter the student poster contest, view talks and posters from past years, and see updates related to the possible changes due to COVID-19 pandemic.


ROLLING APPLICATIONS: UA Sky School is seeking undergraduate students excited to engage with youth in science. We are recruiting Field Study Mentors to work with a diverse group of high school students and recent graduates to develop and implement field-based research projects as part of a new Sky School offering centered on an introduction to higher education with a focus on STEM. 

Commitments include Saturdays in October to December and February through April, along with weekly or bi-weekly meetings with students you’ll be mentoring. 

Applications should include your CV or resume, a statement of interest, and a letter of support from an advisor, professor, or other person familiar with your work. Learn more about this opportunity and apply today!
PRESIDENTIAL MANAGEMENT FELLOWSHIP: The application for the Presidential Management Fellows program opens on September 28 for graduate-level (Masters, PhD) students graduating in 2022! Each year, candidates apply to the program in efforts to be selected as Finalists. Finalists are then eligible for appointment as Presidential Management Fellows (Fellows; PMFs).

Applications are due on October 12, 2021. Visit the website to learn more about the program and register for upcoming informational webinars.
GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP: The Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) program is currently accepting applications for the 2022 Environment & Society Graduate Fellows Program. This fellowship supports University of Arizona graduate students from any degree-granting program whose work is focused on environmental research that impacts society. Up to four fellowships of $4,750 each will be awarded for projects occurring between January and December 2022. 

Find more information and apply today! Applications due October 22.

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Did you know...
Happy Autumn! Living in Tucson, it can be hard to see our environment turn from summer to fall. However, due to our strong monsoon season this year, you can spot some changing leaves near sources of water, like creeks or brooks! Mt. Lemmon is another stay-cation spot to see some of the beautiful colors of Autumn.

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